Senior Scientist for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, ST-1301-00

Greenbelt, Maryland
$126,148 to $189,600 per year
May 23, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Physical Scientist
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The Senior Scientist for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) serves as a spokesperson for NESDIS/GOES among top level scientists of NOAA and other agencies in meetings leading to the identification of significant research projects and the establishment of research and applied science objectives. As an internationally recognized expert in satellite remote sensing and related sciences, the incumbent chairs and/or serves on committees and teams which greatly influence the direction of future satellite remote sensing capabilities and scientific research. The incumbent identifies national and agency needs for the use of satellite data to study atmospheric and oceanic problems, and is sought after on important questions such as the scope and content of applied scientific programs, or the advisability of undertaking particular geo-satellite remote sensing activities and research programs. The incumbent reviews, analyzes, and evaluates new and existing plans, programs and proposals for research initiatives as submitted by various NESDIS/GOES researchers. The position plays a major role in formulating and leading NESDIS' expanding responsibilities in national and international scientific assessment activities that support major elements of NOAA's satellite programs and contribute in understanding weather and other environmental processes around the world.

Specific duties of the Senior Scientist for GOES include:

1. Provides the principal scientific guidance to the GOES System Program Director during the formulation of performance requirements and architectural stages, as well as safeguarding those scientific requirements during the implementation phase. Serves as the key adviser to the SPD in decisions impacting performance, cost, and schedule as well as decisions that trade among competing instrument suites and operational constraints on the spacecraft. Assists the SPD in optimizing scientific performance.

2. Serves as independent expert and representative of the science and user communities responsible for ensuring the scientific integrity at all stages of satellite development. Supports the formulation of the mission-level architecture of spacecraft and instruments to optimize scientific return. Provides scientific rationales to define the instrument suites with performance requirements for measurements and derived products that satisfy user needs. Reviews mission-level scientific performance during the implementation of the mission.

3. Evaluates user requirements, and transforms these requirements for data, products, and services, into GOES applicable technical requirements. Works with the NOAA, NESDIS and GOES user community to define the users' needs, operational requirements, and science data product requirements for the GOES mission through the GOES Operational Requirements Working Group (GORWG). Serves as Chairman of the GORWG. Assures the mission serves NOAA's vision and goals, operations, and user requirements defined by the GORWG. Provides leadership in assuring that the instrument data are effectively used by the ultimate clients of the mission through education and proving ground techniques.

4. Maintains technical liaison with NASA and other agencies, ensuring approved programs have the required capability to sustain NESDIS/GOES satellite remote sensing. Participates in technical and engineering support for international cooperation with U.S. operational remote sensing satellite systems, including compatibility of space systems and ground data processing functions.

5. Communicates with interagency and international counterparts on matters of scientific coordination including WMO and EUMETSAT. Convenes science and application working groups to suggest revisions of the system requirements for senior management review and to review program accomplishments.

6. Evaluates and recommends approaches to science algorithm development. Evaluates and recommends improvements in the instruments and ground processing. Communicates findings and recommendations to the SPD, to other NOAA scientists, and to the data users. Responsible for the study and projection of present and future needs, establishing goals, the formulation of alternative policies and ways of meeting these needs, and reevaluating progress to assure that plan objectives are realized in putting the plans into effect.

7. Directs systematic, critical, intensive investigation toward the development of new or fuller scientific knowledge. Develops the principles, criteria, methods, and a body of data of general applicability for use by others.

8. Establishes requirements for technical objectives and characteristics, devises and evaluates concepts for design approaches, and develops standards and test plans to assure reliability, system compatibility, and to demonstrate under realistic operating conditions that the product works and is effective.